After looking around and asking at different art stores, it turned out that there’s no pastel paper sketchbooks to be had. So the wonderful Erin pointed me to a tutorial of how to make your own sketchbook.
Now I’m horribly clumsy with craft (you wouldn’t believe it), but this one was basic enough that I was able to follow it and come up with somethig that looks quite good, even though it would probably give anyone in the book-binding business a heart attack. XD
I then printed out a map of Beleriand in the First Age (to give it that Tolkien feel), ripped it up so it was easier to handle,and pasted it around the book with casein glue. I got some waterproof one, so the book feels nicely smooth now and should be able to withstand most hardships it’ll be exposed to in the mess that is my handbag. :D
What’s so cool about it is that the texture of the cover feels like an actual, age-old book. I own a sixteenth-century edition of the works of Seneca (which my parents gave me for my University degree), and the cover absolutely looks and feels the same. Just fewer bookworm-holes on the inside. :D
I can’t wait to fill this one with sketches! ^_____^